Today the 2015 North West 200 got underway with the first Superbike practice session this morning taking place in wet and windy conditions.

The original planned 45-minute session was cut short to 30-minutes due to the weather conditions and Honda Racing’s John McGuinness and Conor Cummins placed sixth and 12th on the timesheet. Even with the tricky conditions McGuinness was joint third fastest, recording 176mph on the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP through the speed trap.

Honda Racing’s duo will be back out on Thursday for qualifying ahead of the two Superbike races on Saturday 16 May.

John  McGuinness

John McGuinness 1

We’ve had a solid start to the North West 200 to be fair, the conditions during practice were tricky with gusty winds and it was probably the worst conditions I’ve ever ridden in around here. I think everyone did an intelligent job out there; everyone’s safe and back in one piece. It was difficult going but the bike was good, I’m good and the wrist I broke last year is feeling good – bring on Thursday!

Honda Racing
Conor Cummins

Conor Cummins

This morning’s session was tricky, wet and windy and the organisers did well to get it going. I was going well on the Fireblade and came in towards the end of the session and was up to fifth, but then the heavens opened and I dropped a few places when I went back out as I couldn’t go any faster. But Thursday is another day and I am looking forward to getting out again.

Honda Racing
North West 200

Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Road Racing 2015

Rain / 13
Tuesday 12 May 2015, 13:41 UTC
  • Track Condition: Wet
  • Air Temp: 13°C
# Rider Num Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Alastair Seeley 34 Tyco BMW Motorrad Racing BMW 4:53.639
2 Gary Johnson 7 GBmoto Racing Kawasaki +3.737
3 Lee Johnson 13 ECC/Burdens BMW +5.654
4 Dean Harrison 2 Mar-Train Racing Yamaha +7.507
5 Ian Hutchinson 9 PBM Kawasaki Kawasaki +8.018
6 John McGuinness 1 Honda Racing Honda +8.410
7 Michael Rutter 8 Penz123.com Bathams by BMW BMW +9.819
8 Michael Dunlop 3 Milwaukee Yamaha Yamaha +10.429
9 William Dunlop 6 Tyco BMW Motorrad Racing BMW +11.025
10 Guy Martin 4 Tyco BMW Motorrad Racing BMW +11.802
12 Conor Cummins Honda Racing Honda +13.017